Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance (Secondary Dwellings)

On May 25, 2017, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors approved Phase I of the Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance.  The Phase I amendment, which brought the County’s Land Use Ordinance into compliance with California State Code Section 65852.2 regarding Accessory Dwelling Units, eliminated County requirements for road surfacing and owner-occupancy for secondary dwellings.

Agricultural Worker Housing Ordinance

As part of the Housing Package, the Board of Supervisors has directed staff to revise the Farm Support Quarters Ordinance to incentivize and remove barriers for developing farmworker housing on agricultural land and in surrounding communities. Agricultural workers generally have special housing needs due to their limited income and the seasonal nature of their employment. The chronic under supply of housing that is affordable and suitable for locally employed farmworkers has economic, social, and environmental impacts.

Airport Land Use Plan Update

The San Luis Obispo County Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC) is in the process of updating the airport land use plan for the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport. The existing plan was prepared in 2005 and is not consistent with the guidelines contained in the latest California Airport Land Use Planning Handbook, updated in 2011.

Cannabis Land Use Ordinance

Important Links and Information: 

Appointments are strongly encouraged to submit a completed land use permit application. ‚ÄčTo schedule an application submittal appointment, please call Cassidy McSurdy at (805) 788-2959

Continuum of Care Program Competition

The County of San Luis Obispo is requesting proposals for the 2018 Continuum of Care Program Competition administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

County CEQA Guidelines Update

During a strategic planning Board of Supervisors meeting on October 11, 2016 and February 21, 2017, the Board directed staff to schedule a future discussion to consider changes to the County's current California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) guidelines for the implementation of the CEQA.

Envision Avila - Avila Community Plan

Envision Avila is the work program and community workshop series created to inform and develop a new comprehensive Community Plan in Avila. Community Plans are an integral part of the San Luis Obispo County’s General Plan. Community Plans manage land uses and guide land use decisions for the next 20 years. The Avila Community Plan will specifically focus on the region within the Avila Urban Reserve Line (URL). 

Los Osos Community Plan Update

The Department of Planning & Building was authorized to update the Los Osos Community Plan of the County’s General Plan and Local Coastal Plan on December 11, 2012. The Community Plan is the official plan for land use and transportation in Los Osos which determines how the community will grow and develop over the next 20 years. The update will focus on protecting resources and providing adequate infrastructure.

Mining Designation Amendments

Modification to the Land Use Ordinance, Coastal Zone Land Use Ordinance, and General Plan relating to the Energy and Extractive Resource (EX) and Extractive Resource Area (EX-1) combining designations.  The project will include the following components:

  1. Adjust the EX-1 boundary maps to reflect state-designated regionally significant mineral resources. 
  2. Make editorial changes to policy language for clarity and consistency. 
  3. Add language regarding agricultural land use compatibility in the Santa Maria River valley. 
  4. Add language regarding urban land use compatibility in Creston. 
  5. Clarify that the intent of the combining designations is to preserve mineral resources, rather than to expedite extraction projects. 
  6. Distinguish between the EX and EX-1 designations and potentially rename them. 
  7. Address impingement of residential uses in areas with significant mineral resources. 

Oster/Las Pilitas Quarry

A request by Las Pilitas, LLC for a Conditional Use Permit and Reclamation Plan to allow for a new aggregate quarry and asphalt and concrete recycling facility. Mining operations would occur over a 30-year timeframe and conclude with reclamation of the site. The maximum annual extraction would be 500,000 tons. The project would result in disturbance of roughly 60 acres on two parcels totaling 203 acres in size. The project site is located east of the community of Santa Margarita at 6660 Calf Canyon Highway (Highway 58, north side), east of the Salinas River Bridge and approximately 0.25 miles west of Parkhill Road.

Safety Element Update - General Plan

The Department of Planning and Building was authorized to update the Safety Element of the County’s General Plan on December 6, 2016. The Safety Element addresses a wide range of natural and human-caused hazards, and consists of goals and policies aimed to reduce the risks associated with these hazards such as loss of life, injuries, property damage, and economic and social dislocation. The update consists of a comprehensive update to the existing element, which was adopted in 1999. The update will comply with the following recently enacted State mandates:

  • SB1241 – Fire Hazard Safety 
  • SB379 – Natural Hazard Adaptation and Resiliency
  • AB2140 – Integration of Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP)